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Six more test positive for COVID-19 in Ibadan firm

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Oyo govt intensifies contact-tracing
• Says 90,000 households have so far benefited from palliatives

Six more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed from the Ibadan-based firm, iSON, making 63 index cases from that company.

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, who disclosed this yesterday in his Twitter handle, said: “The COVID-19 confirmation tests for six suspected cases came back positive. All six cases are from the same organisation, iSON Xperiences, in Ibadan South-West Local Council. So, the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State is 143.

“The company remains shut and will be decontaminated. The emergency operations centre has continued intensive contact-tracing to identify persons of interest linked to members of staff in the company.

“Please call the Emergency Operations Centre on 08095394000, 08095863000, 08078288999 and 08078288800 if you find travellers from other states arriving in your community.”

Meanwhile, Oyo State Government yesterday said that 90,000 households had so far benefited from its palliative across the state.

Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Agricbusiness, Dr. Debo Akande, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the end of the distribution of palliatives to some poorest households in Ibadan South-West Local Council of the state.

He said the ongoing palliative distribution to identify 120 households across the state had no political undertone.

The special adviser, who is also a member of the committee set up for the distribution, said the palliative was purely for the identified poorest of the poor in the society, irrespective of political party affiliations, adding that the second phase of the exercise would be for the identified 30,000 vulnerable households.

He further stated that the palliative measure was in two ways, namely: the food distribution and agricultural inputs distribution to support farmers.

He, therefore, said that 10,000 farmers would benefit from the support within the next two weeks.


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